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CIVE5972M Advanced Concrete Design (MSc)

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Professor John Forth

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

CIVE5025MAdvanced Concrete Design - MEng

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module students should be able to:
- compare, contrast and apply alternative methods of design for reinforced concrete slabs;
- understand and apply the design guidance used in current codes of practice for the design of slender reinforced concrete columns;
- be aware of the different sources of cracking in concrete structures;
- understand the mechanisms causing flexural and shrinkage cracking, the design guidance in current codes of practice and the use and limitations of such methods in design.

Skills outcomes
General learning outcomes (UK-SPEC):
- the ability to apply new concepts and methods (in the context of advanced structural concrete design).

Specific learning outcomes (UK-SPEC):
- Underpinning Science & Mathematics (Knowledge and understanding of mathematical models as applied to reinforced concrete design; an appreciation of the limits of such models);
- Engineering Analysis (the ability to apply mathematical models to solve problems in structural engineering; the ability to assess the limitations of particular cases);
- Design (broader knowledge and understanding of design processes for reinforced concrete structural elements and systems);
- Engineering Practice (a thorough understanding of how the physical and mechanical properties of concrete influence design methods and construction processes).


Each of the following topics will focus on fundamental behaviour. Where appropriate, reference will also be made to the design guidance provided in national and international codes of practice.

- Review of pre- and post-cracking behaviour of reinforced concrete.
- Reinforced concrete slabs. Review of methods of elastic and plastic analysis. Lower bound (Hillerborg Strip) and upper bound (yield line) plasticity theory applied to slab design.
- Slender columns. Additional moments due to slenderness effects. Braced and unbraced columns. Uniaxial and biaxial bending.
- Cracking in concrete. Review of the common causes of cracking in concrete. Flexural cracking in reinforced concrete sections; cracking due to end and edge restraint of early thermal effects and drying shrinkage. Practical applications of crack control e.g. design of water retaining structures and bridge design for durability.
- Deflection of concrete beam/slab elements - calculation.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours118.50
Total Contact hours31.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Topics of directed independent study identified by lecturers to support learning. Such topics will include a review of Eurocode guidance, specialist technical reports published by CIRIA and the Concrete Centre and relevant journal papers (eg The Structural Engineer, ICE Proceedings, ACI Structures Journal).

Non-assessed tutorial questions covering the design of reinforced concrete slabs, columns, flexural crack width estimates and crack control measures.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored in the tutorial periods.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Problem SheetDesign Problems25.00
Problem SheetDesign Problems25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

The resit will be by examination only.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Candidates are required to answer any 2 questions from 4. The resit will be by examination only (i.e. 100% examination)

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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